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It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optomistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman Paperback – September 14, 2010
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"More fun than an all little person nativity scene." -- Chelsea Handler
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One of the things I like most about her writing is her -holds nothing back- style. She talks openly and candidly about life situations and her reactions to them. She obviously has a knack for humor as well. Her father was a bit of a deadbeat, a stand-up comedian who walked out on the family early on, but left Stefanie with sharp wit.
I am not surprised at all that she is friends with Chelsea Handler, the two have very similar styles of writing and story telling. Naturally if you like the two books by Chelsea Handler you will really enjoy what Stefanie Wilder-Taylor writes about.
My biggest complaint about the book would be the ending, or lack thereof. The book just kind of stopped. I actually wondered if I was missing some pages. I think that the book needs an additional chapter at the end to wrap things up. They way that it is currently left off is strange.
Good for a few laughs.
Wilder-Taylor makes no secret of the insane situations she been in and the hilarious consequences that follow.
And let's not forget to mention her endless job hopping until on a whim(and the help of a list of her "qualities") she decides to be a Hollywood producer - which, by the way, she does successfully.
This book was more than appropriately named based on the author's personality and lifestyle.
One line from this book sums up Wilder-Taylor: "In AA they call it sharing; I call it dinner conversation."
There's nothing I love more than a book wherein the author doesn't seek to speak of their perfections but of their numerous flaws (as we all have) and can laugh at themselves as you chuckle along with them.
If you've ever been a screw-up (and haven't we all be at some time?), then be sure to pick up It's Not Me, It's You - it'll make you feel better about yourself! ;)
Now I will say this- Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is not really in the same league of humor that Ms. Handler is---she is funny, but only during certain points in the book. Her experiences were actually pretty interesting in themselves, without the humor involved. But all in all, a pretty decent book.
I could summarize each piece without doing anything to diminish the value of actually reading them: because the fun of the book is in the way Stefanie tells the stories. She has spot on comTIMINGedic, something many people who think they're funny just doTIMINGn't have. The stories build, the funny happens, and everyone settles in to wait for the next bit of insanity.
Although the book is worth reading for the humour Stefanie stuffs into it, it is also a very personal recollection of growing up and fleeing a broken home, living poorly and dangerously on her own for the first time, losing and finding her father and trying to deal with how human he is. Although not a strict narrative biography, the connections between the essays work, and the picture Stefanie draws of who she is feels full and bursting.
Buy this book. I have a lot of feelings because of it. You too will have a lot of feelings because of it. It would make a great Christmas present. It would also make a great Labor Day present, Halloween present, Veterans' Day present, or Thanksgiving present, but I didn't manage to get my act together soon enough for that. You'll have to settle for Christmas.
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Well written, funny stories that made me laugh out loud at times. I read the book in a few days and really enjoyed it. Stefanie is a great writer.Published 14 months ago by Barbara DiLisio
Love listening to Stephanie on her podcast so I thought I would give her books a try. Win. Fun book, great stories, told well. Fun to read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Heidi
Great read. Laughed out loud several times. Hubby inquires each time I laugh, but does not find whatever made me laugh remotely funny or interesting. I get it. That's what matters.Published on February 21, 2014 by developer
This is just a collection of stories about someone who genuinely sounds like a mean person. If you're looking for unapologetic rude behavior, here you go. Read morePublished on June 21, 2013 by Leanne
Others may like this book but I found the characters unlikeable and, frankly, strangely one note. The first chapters with there quick scene changes left me very confused as to how... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by mikel
Enjoyed this just like her others. I will say, it is a bit more crass than her earlier books about parenthood. This is more her autobiography of her early adulthood. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Tiffany Hall
I like that it reads like a blog, but couldn't connect with Stephanie until the very end. I was looking for something more. Quick read,which was nicePublished on January 4, 2013 by Pen Name